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We’ve been pruning West Seattle’s lady gardens since 2009.

Welcome to West Seattle’s premier sugaring studio! What in the world is sugaring you ask? It’s the safest and gentlest method for removing unwanted body hair, from faces to toes and ALL the nooks and crannies in between! We use a simple paste of sugar and water (yes that’s it!) like waxing without the burning or damage to sensitive skin. We’ve been providing high quality care to our West Seattle community since 2009 servicing all ages, genders, and body types in our welcoming sugaring suites!

Our sugarists have years of experience at making even the most vulnerable and potentially awkward moments not only comfortable, but downright fun! If you’re not quite ready for a full Brazilian or bikini area, you can always start with a lower leg, brow design, or full face to learn about the studio, the staff, and the technique of sugaring at Darling Sugar. Still nervous? Send us a message and we can put your mind at ease. We’ve seen it all, sugared it all, and truly care about your safety and comfort at all times.

Meet Our Staff



Emilie was born and raised in South Seattle. Growing up, her grandpa was her best friend. Their routine was always the same if they were together, and that familiarity was an important source of comfort for her. She intends to provide that same relationship with her clients, so that every time you come in for a Sugaring, you feel as though you’re just catching up with a friend.

After dealing with eczema and adult acne, Emilie became very interested in skincare. She graduated from the Esthiology program at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in 2018. Afterwards, took to sugaring after getting it done herself, and trained and received her sugaring certification after being hired on at Darling Sugar. She has now been a Sugarist with us for over 3 years.

Both a force and a Capricorn. You can find her at home watching New Girl for the 100th time, or at the gym on the stairmaster looking more tired than everyone else.

Interests: Dry humor, Will Arnett, and Apple pies.



Sammie has lived in West Seattle for the past 5+ years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance (opera) from Northern Arizona University. Her focus used to be on performing opera, but has recently (as of January 2022) started singing in a local heavy metal band, Telomyras.

Before becoming an Esthetician, Sammie was a client at Darling Sugar. She originally decided to become an Esthetician because she wanted to learn about skincare and how to heal acne. During Esthetican school, she decided most spas were too relaxed of an environment; she enjoyed chatting and listening to rock (sometimes metal) while she worked. She graduated from the Aveda Institute School of Aesthetics in 2019 and decided to become a sugarist. The only place she wanted to work was Darling Sugar.

In true Gemini fashion, her other hobbies include psychology, powerlifting, and baking.



Taja Bohannon (taj) Licensed Esthetician Taj is a PNW native, currently residing in Renton with her fur baby, Natsu. Taja completed her advanced esthetics training at the Euro Institute of Skin Care, where she fell in love with sugaring & treating muli-cultural skin. The fiery Aries herself is passionate about learning ingredients and treatments that are safe for all ethnic backgrounds and skin types, brow shaping, nutrition, and problem solving. In Taja’s spare time, you can find her studying for her Master Esthetician License, walking her dog, stretching in a 110° room & spending time with loved ones. Mental health is important to Taja, if needed please don’t hesitate to request a silent service. Fun Fact: ☀ aries | ☾ pisces | ↑ pisces Taja looks forward to sugaring you; Monday,Tuesday & Friday-Sunday


Vanessa Foley-DeLong, Owner and HSF (Head Sugar Fairy

As a former Aesthetics Instructor, who’s been in the beauty industry since the Great Eyebrow Tragedy of the 20th Century, I’ve seen it all. I’ve been sugaring for over a decade and love what I do. My goal is to make every individual that walks through our doors feel comfortable and confident throughout the sugaring process, and to look and feel their best by the time they leave. From Brow Design to full Brazilian and everything in between, your comfort and satisfaction is my top priority.

When not tending your “gardens” this Seattle native enjoys sewing, gardening (with actual dirt and plants!) and spending time with my husband Joey, our sweet and chatty cat Violet, and our goodest boy Wesley Crusher. You can also find me learning the game of disc golf or getting down at the roller rink.



I’ve been an esthetician for seven years and been sugaring nearly as long. I really enjoy getting to know my clients and am highly skilled at assisting clients of all shapes, sizes, genders, and sugaring experience so let me put your mind at ease and make this experience the best yet. As the newest team member, I’m super excited to join the amazing crew at Darling Sugar.

Originally from the Bay Area, I’ve lived in Seattle for the past 11 years and enjoy swimming, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and my dog Chloe.


I am a master esthetician that graduated from Evergreen Beauty. I grew up in the West Seattle area and I enjoy relaxing with my family and friends. I love traveling and trying new spas or cool restaurants in the new places I visit. I love art and during my spare time I like listening to real story times and lectures. I’ve always loved skincare and used to watch treatments and tutorials on YouTube even before I knew what an Esthetician was! I love to research different ingredients and products. I’m very fascinated by different skin conditions, their root cause, and how to treat them. I have personally delt with acne and hyperpigmentation which I’ve improved through the things I’ve learned.


Jen has been cutting and coloring hair in Seattle for over 10 years. After coming to Darling Sugar as a client, she found herself fascinated with the tiny details and skin benefits that sugaring explores. Meticulous by nature she’s taken to it. Jen thinks self care is underrated and wants to help, head to toe. She is also chatty, so she’s good for a distraction. Jen wants to hear all of your stories and looks forward to getting to know you and your specific set of needs. Jen likes long walks on the beach, snacking, finding her neighborhood last animals and arguing about football. She is currently working on a throne built from the bones of her enemies


I’ve been an esthetician since 2015 and after specializing in waxing, I am making the jump to sugaring and not looking back! My favorite parts of being an esthetician are the connections I make with people, making people feel comfortable both in the treatment room and in general (yes, your parts are “normal” and all the detail work. Extractions make me happy. I love thrifting and estate sales. I’m a ‘foodie’ and I will do pretty much anything for a donut! My dogs Roger and Elijah have my heart. I love to travel and dream about traveling. What’s your favorite road trip you’ve been on? I am always interested in talking and learning about personality types and horoscopes. I’m an Aries ☀️ Taurus 🌙 Leo ⬆️  

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